Thawing Breast Milk
General guidelines for thawing frozen breast milk:The following are general guidelines for thawing frozen breast milk:
- The oldest milk should be used first, unless recently expressed milk is recommended.
- Thaw breast milk by placing the collection container in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.
Your milk separates during storage and the cream (fat) rises to the top, because breast milk is not homogenized. Gently swirl, or rotate, the collection bottle of milk to mix it together. Avoid vigorous shaking.
Do not refreeze milk once it has been thawed. Thawed milk must be used within 24 hours.
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